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Joe Girardi on the A-Rod benching: “relationships aren’t perfect”

Oct 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

Joe Girardi AP

Joe Girardi faced the media after posting an A-Rod-free lineup for Game 5, and was pretty straightforward about why he benched his third baseman:  he rather stinks lately:

“It is difficult. He has meant a lot to the organization, the game of baseball over the years,” manager Joe Girardi said. “And he has been a very productive hitter. But he struggled against right-handers in the series, and Chavy has been good against right-handers all year long.”

A-Rod is 0 for 12 against righties in the ALDS. Chavez is 0 for 4. For the season, A-Rod is .256/.326/.391 against righties. Chavez is hitting .298/.365/.543 against them in 2012.

Beyond the numbers, Girardi was asked about what the benching means for his relationship with Rodriguez:

“I ain’t worried about years ahead. Just let me worry about today,” Girardi said. “The best relationships, the strongest relationships, are always relationships that go through some struggles. Relationships just aren’t perfect. I mean, you put a husband and wife together where the relationship was just perfect without any struggles, and you’re probably not living on this planet. So relationships go through that.”

Derek Jeter has played in New York for the better part of two decades and he hasn’t had relationship problems.  Which, based on Girardi’s reasoning, means that Jeter is an alien.


  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Has a reporter ever asked Joe about his relationship with Jeter?

    • jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      I seem to remember reading they had a ‘professional’ relationship, pretty typical.

      There is plenty of bad blood between Jeter and Cashman.

  2. albertmn - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    So, ARod has about $114 million left over the next five years. How many years would you predict that the Yankees end up eating and just letting him go? 2 years? 3 years? There isn’t any way he actually stays active on the team for five more years is there? If he isn’t producing, at some point it will make sense to eat the money and cut him loose. But, at what point does that happen?

    • dondada10 - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      I wonder what A-Rod’s contract would look like if he was a free-agent this year.

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he got a 5 year deal on the market, but at much less than ~30 mil a year.

      • pisano - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        dondada10… are you serious, no offense, but at this point in Arods career the Yankees would have do an AJ Burnett type of deal and I really don’t think that would roll. albertmn, wondered how many years the Yankees will have to eat to be free of Arod, that’s a great question, and it’s hard to figure, but I’d say at least three of those five for low. It’s a shame the way he’s faded, he can’t catch up to an above average fastball, the Yankees are in a tough spot with him, but for them at least money won’t be the big problem, doing something with him will be.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:00 PM

      Based on this past summer, the Dodgers are in the market for contracts with this kind of overall value.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      I don’t see them dropping him. While he is overpaid, he is still a well above average 3B, and eating the contract won’t cure the ‘overpaid’ part. Even now, how many teams can say they have a better 3B? By my count there are somewhere between 4 and 8 guys I might take over ARod.

      Aramis (probably)
      Zimmerman (sort of)
      Sandoval (maybe)
      Prado (possibly, but probably not)
      Youk (nope)
      everyone else = no thanks

      • 18thstreet - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Here’s fangraphs’ best 3rd basemen:

        There are plenty of third basemen better than A-Rod right now.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        Fair enough, but even by that measure he is #15 out of 30 in the league in a season where he broke his hand halfway through. Would you really rather have any of Carrol, Callaspo or Alvarez? I would probably take ARod over Hanley too.

        Either way, it does not make sense to just dump him.

      • pjmarn6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:29 PM

        The steroids aren’t there to help him. He is back to being normal and long term use of steroids do affect negatively athletes. Mostly the overuse of steroids affects the heart and the brain. It wouldn’t surprise me that they would send Rodriguez to have him checked out and find out how physically fit he actually is and how good his vision is. After all he is 37 and by 35 most baseball players are out or on the trail down. The yankees knew he was on steroids to get the huge contracts but they should have had the sense not to give him these five years.

  3. anotheryx - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I thought Jeter / ARod relationship was always brought up at least a couple times every season.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Derek Jeter has played in New York for the better part of two decades and he hasn’t had relationship problems

    That’s because Jeter always makes sure to leave a gift basket in the Manager’s office after every game.

    • honourbound68 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Maybe he did lol. In 2010, Joe stuck to his guns with Jeter (despite the low batting ave) and kept Jete in the top of the order. It’s a good thing he was Jeter had a rebound year in 2011 and this year or Joe would’ve been accused of pandering to one of his star players. It’s good to see him make a tough decision in benching A-Rod.

  5. bigharold - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    “…means that Jeter is an alien.”

    And Rivera s a robot. Be we here on the bridge of the Death Star are OK with that…

  6. indaburg - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Do 50% of manager-player relationships end in divorce?

    • jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Managers get their asses kicked off the team almost 100% of the time.

  7. mdpickles - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Ehhh, enough about A-Rod…could use another post about Braves fans trashing their own field.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      If only the the Nats hadn’t shutdown Strasburg, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  8. cdeangelus - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Jeter hasn’t had a *known* relationship problem because Jeter understands the Crash Davis Clichés of Interviewing. I’m sure there’ve been problems we haven’t seen before.

  9. Brian Donohue - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Too bad there’s no similar option for CF, because Granderson has looked more helpless than A-Rod at the plate, no matter what arm the pitcher’s throwing with. The numbers may or may not bear this out, I don’t care; I’m just going by what I’ve seen — Curtis looks utterly lost before the first pitch is thrown to him. Cano and Swisher haven’t looked very good either but have hit some hard outs. I’d pay more attention to who is or should be in the lineup — what about this kid Nix, who was hitting rockets all night?

    • jayscarpa - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      Too bad the Yankees don’t have a really fast left-hand hitter who just happens to be a great defensive center fielder.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        Do you mean the guy with 3 ABs since April?

      • 18thstreet - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:09 PM


  10. joewilliesshnoz - Oct 12, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Bienvenido y Miami, A – Rod !

    • ezthinking - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Miami is just stupid enough to take him on with the Yanks eating $85 mil or so.

      • mrwillie - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        “Just stupid enough”? You give them to much credit. They are plenty stupid enough for that.

  11. jxegh - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Do or die game today and A-Rod is on the bench – great move by Girardi! He should have been benched two games ago.

    I’m thinking the home run record is safe now………

  12. Kevin Gillman - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Craig, I believe Jeter and the Yankees had a rough patch before last season, when Jeter had an opportunity to become a free agent. Plus, media and even the Yankees have soured on Derek’s defense every now and then. But here is where that talk stops, without Derek, the Yankees are not a better team. Can the same be said about A-Rod?

  13. holleywood9 - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Judging by jeters play he’s an alien

  14. badintent - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Where ever A- Rodless ends up, it will be near LA, needs his Hollywood Hoes !! Gotta have someone feed him his popcorn, can’t do it himself. And late night card games.Without the gun play ! Loser. Cashmen was told by Hal to give A-rod his $$$$$. Hal is out. Get Edwin Encarnacion/A-Rod trade now !!

    • mrwillie - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Sense! Make,none-you do..Sentences, complete-hard!

    • thevauntedchris - Oct 12, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      I think you mean Hank. Hank gave A-Rod that money and was then told to stay away from the Yankees forever…..his calmer, smarter brother to run the business. No one currently owning or running the Yankees wanted to give A-Rod a 10 year contract.

  15. mdpickles - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Ok, Vance Worley and a prospect..Yankees pay 1/2 salary. Done.

  16. vallewho - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    the last 2-3 days is evidence that BS rules the media.

  17. 2difshoe - Oct 12, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    $ 30 million this year divided by 162 games…. $ 185,185.00 per game.

    Who gets paid that kind of money and does absolutely nothing to earn it.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

      As opposed to the guy who can afford to pay him, who worked very hard to be born to the right parents.

    • pjmarn6 - Oct 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      Rodriguez didn’t play 162 games.

  18. uyf1950 - Oct 12, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Craig, I guess you are forgetting about the contentious contract negotiations a year or so back between the Yankees/Cashman and Jeter.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:10 PM

      I could be wrong but within the context of this post, he may mean problems with Managers. I don’t know if Jeter ever had such issues with a Manager.

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